The district administration has taken initiatives to enforce the new restrictions imposed by the government to curb spread of the Covid-19 during the current third wave of the virus. As part of the initiatives, mobile courts and awareness raising campaigns were conducted and face masks distributed among common people at different areas of Rangpur city on Saturday.
Officials and personnel of Rangpur Metropolitan Police and district administration and Rover Scouts extended assistance in conducting mobile courts, distributing masks and inspiring people to abide by the restrictions.
Led by Assistant Commissioner of the Deputy Commissioner's Office and Executive Magistrate Most Maliha Khanam, a mobile court was conducted at City Bazaar in Rangpur city on Saturday.
In addition to encouraging people to wear masks, the mobile court distributed masks among buyers, commoners and traders free of cost and campaigned to control spread of the coronavirus through raising public awareness.
Everyone was urged to follow the government instructions without panic and abide by the health directives to prevent community spread of the Covid-19 amid detection of its new Omicron variant.
Talking to reporters, Maliha Khanam said the district administration has taken a strict stand to impose the government directives.
"Awareness activities are continuing to prevent community spread of the coronavirus. We are more active and on the ground than ever before in implementing government directives," she said.
"Omicron, a new variant of coronavirus, is now spreading to people of all ages. We are trying to make people aware of the directives to control vertical transmission of the lethal virus," she mentioned. "We are giving more importance to imposing restrictions at places of mass public gatherings. We will continue and intensify such activities to ensure protection of everyone and public health," she said.
"We are giving the message of awareness first before penalizing those who will violate the restrictions. Even then, if the situation gets out of control, we have to take a tougher stand," Maliha said.